PLANS to make a popular children’s paddling pool safe is expected to cost the council £270,000.

The pool at Concord Beach, Canvey, was at the centre of a safety row over the summer because of concerns about its slippery concrete floor.

Fears were raised about children falling over into the sea, promoting Castle Point Council to close the pool at one point.

In July, councillors agreed to spend cash to improve safety.

According to a report which will be considered by cabinet members tonight building a concrete walkway with internal wall is "the only practical, achievable option."

The work is estimated to cost £270,000.

Castle Point Council is preparing to apply for funding from Veolia North Thames Trust to cover the project.

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Colin Letchford, an independent councillor and leader of the Friends of Concord Beach group, has led the campaign to make the paddling pool safe.

He even commissioned his own report into the pool over fears children were getting hurt.

Mr Letchford said: “It does seem like a lot of money but it’s got to be done. I shall be very pleased when children are able to use the pool safely.”

The project is expected to be finished by summer 2016.

The report states: “The council has no choice but to fund works essential for health and safety purposes and funding for any essential risk reduction works will need to be secured.”

The council report recommends the pool is surveyed and a more accurate estimate of costs is reported back to cabinet.

Quality Leisure Management, which was commissioned by Castle Point Council to look into the safety of the pool, claims the proposed walkway and wall falls in line with safety recommendations.

It’s believed a handrail will also be installed, as well as markers for boats during high tide.

Repairs to the sluice, and clearing the pool of rock, debris, algae and slime will also be considered.

Castle Point's cabinet will meet at the council offices, in Kiln Road, Thundersley, at 7pm.